Pastor Kayla Bonewell

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Rev. Kayla Bonewell was born in Oklahoma City. She earned a BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University (2002), a Master of Liberal Arts from Naropa University (2004), and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California (2008). Ordained in the United Church of Christ (2010), Kayla has ministry experience as a hospital chaplain, campus minister, social justice activist, youth minister, and associate pastor. Her personal mission statement is “To empower community, through experiences of the divine, to lead lives of deep meaning, while cultivating health, peace, and beauty in our world.” She is passionate about relevant worship, spiritual growth, and community engagement. Kayla is a member of the inaugural class of the UCC’s “Next Generation Leadership Initiative,” a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. She was awarded “Forty under 40 in Oklahoma City Leadership” in 2016, and received an “Oklahoma Human Rights” award from Amnesty International in 2018.


Sannie Hoyt

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
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Sandra “Sannie” Hoyt was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and got as far as Stillwater, OK where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology in 1988.  The  1st 33  years of my working career was with my dad, in the field of Commercial Real Estate Appraisal.  In addition to this, I am very proud to now be the Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant at Church of the Open Arms.  Although not literally, I wear many “hats” and enjoy making this world a better place, every chance I get.  Free time is kind of illusive, but I love to spend what I do have, spoiling my dog, Vivian, and all the other animals I get to spend time with.  I also have a deep passion for music, finding beauty in the ordinary, and spending time with all my loved ones.

Lay Leadership

2022 Executive Council 

President:Linda Herndon

Vice-President: Tony Carfang

Past-President: Adrian Maxey

Treasurer: Kevin Kerr

Secretary: TBD


Ministry Leaders 

Blessing Box & Clothing Closet: Marian Hulsey, Kris Marek & Jane Dirickson

Building and Grounds:  Ron Bashant 

Children’s Faith Formation:  Lisa Wolfe & LiErin Probasco

Church Relations: LiErin Probasco, Kenny Wright-Bass, Steve Ross & Pam Schonauer

Community Life: Bo & Kenny Wright-Bass

Financial Secretary:  Sandra Hoyt

Food Pantry:  Laura Choate, Mandy Spencer & Jessica Flores

Funerals & Special Events: Sandra Hoyt

Greeters & Hospitality: Linda and Mark Herndon

Labyrinth Ministry: Pam Schonauer

Liturgical Design: Dwana Hill and Beverly Evans 

Media Ministry: Kenny Wright Bass 

Small Groups: Nancy Sharp

Social Justice:  Nathaniel Batchelder, Donna Compton, Nancy Sharp

Worship & Music:  Gloria Weiss, Mike DeArmond, Nancy Sharp, Janetta Cravens, Kenny Wright-Bass